Back in November, H&M dropped another highly anticipated collaboration with designer, Alexander Wang. Even before the lookbook was released to the public, the collection was stimulating a startling amount of buzz amongst fashion bloggers, stylists, and established publications such as Elle and Vogue. Once it finally dropped, on November 6th, the collection was sold out in a matter of hours online, and by the end of the day most of the racks featuring the collection in stores were left bare.
The collection was heavily influenced by athletic and performance wear in terms of aesthetic and construction, but shied away from some of athletic wear's tropes of bright neon colors. Riffing on the now endemic health goth trend, the Alexander WangXH&M collection was the perfect storm for success. The collection illustrates the lively dialogue that is occurring between the corner of the internet from which the likes of seapunk and snackwave crawled, and high end fashion.
Personally, the reason I love the collection was because it combined two of my favorite things--athletic wear and the color black. I often tell my sister that my dream job is to work at Niketown as a sales associate, if not solely because I could wear leggings, hoodies, and sneakers to work exclusively. For me, the collection was about comfort and playing with more masculine and geometric shapes. The designs are wearable, but their construction and minimalist lines make for an edgier look that takes very little effort to pull off. Here I combine a men's AWXH&M jersey shirt with leggings and leather platform boots, mixing simplicity in line with complexities in shape and structure.
Of course, recreating looks like this are quite easy to do even if you weren't able to get your hands on any of the AWXH&M garments. Nike's Niketech collection combines high end textiles with practical design for a similar effect-- and if all else fails an oversized black t-shirt with basic leggings will convey a penchant for minimal effort, maximum style.